MAME OS X – Arcade emulator for Mac OS X

MAME OS X allows you to play arcade machine games on your Mac. It is a native OS X port of the popular MAME emulator.

To play games in MAME OS X, you’ll need to have game ROMs. These ROMs need to be put in a place where MAME OS X can find them. You can configure this under application’s Preferences -> General. You should create folders in your home directory for ROMs, disk images, samples and artwork (e.g. $Home/MAME/ROMs, $Home/MAME/Disk Images, $Home/MAME/Samples and $Home/MAME/Artwork), and then change configuration to use these directories. To “install” a game ROM, all you need to do then is to copy it into ROMs folder that you’ve created.

Google is your friend when it comes to finding ROM sources, and if you need to have a look at MAME OS X manual, you can find it here.

Keyboard controls:
– 5, 6, 7, 8 – Insert coin (players 1, 2, 3, 4)
– 1, 2, 3, 4 – Start (players 1, 2, 3, 4)
– Arrow keys – Move Joystick
– Left Control – Button 1
– Left Option – Button 2
– Space – Button 3
– ESC – Quits the game

You may have an issue when pressing Left Control and arrow keys together, as these are OS X shortcuts for switching desktop spaces and showing mission control / application windows. To get around this, open System Preferences and go to Keyboard. Under Mission Control deselect shortcuts for Mission Control, Application Windows, Move left a space and Move right a space.

Happy gaming!


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